Title: The Natural & Moral History of the Indies.
Publisher: London: The Hakluyt Society, 1880.
Publication Date: 1880
Reprinted from the English Translated Edition of Edward Grimston, 1604 - 'The Natural and Moral History of the Indies - In Which are Discussed the Notable Things of the Heavens, the Elements, Metals, Plants, Animals; and the Rites, Ceremonies, Laws, Government and Wars of the Indians'. Edited, With Notes and an Introduction by Clements R. Markham. Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society series, No. LX & No. LXI. The Hakluyt Society was established in 1846 for the purpose of printing rare or unpublished voyages, travels and naval expeditions by those who first explored these unknown and distant regions. The majority of these illustrate the history of the great age of discovery which forms the foundation of modern history. Publications were distributed only to members of the Society. In Two Volumes. Vol I - The Natural History (Books I, II, III and IV). Vol II - The Moral History (Books V, VI and VII). Also with accompanying map bound seperately in the same blue cloth of the Hakluyt Society - Issued with "Acosta's History of the Indies" - [Map of Peru; To Illustrate The Travels of Cieza De Leon, in 1532-50; The Royal Commentaries of Garcilasso De La Vega (1609) and The Natural and Moral History of the Indies, by Father Joseph De Acosta (1608)]. 29 x 26 inches colour map entitled - Ttahuantin-Suyu or The Empire of the Yncas in its Four Great Divisions of Chincha-Suyu, Cunti-Suyu, Anti-Suyu, Colla-Suyu With Their Tribes and Lineages, also the Routes of the Ynca Conquerors by Clements R. Markham. Vol I - xlv, 295 pp. Vol II - xiii, pp 296 - 551. The Natural and Moral History of the Western Indies by Acosta is considered to be a valuable work for two reasons. It contains an exposition of the ideas of learned men of the sixteenth century on physical geography, and it is one of the leading authorities on the ancient civilisations of Peru and Mexico. Both vols - some spots of foxing on prelims and a little intermittently in text. Binding tight. Many pages unopened. Yellow eps. Bound in blue cloth boards of the Hakluyt Society with gilt lettering on spines. Gilt vignette of the sailing ship 'Victoria' on front covers. Blindstamp decoration on boards. Boards bright. Spines somewhat darkened. Overall condition VG. Bookseller Inventory # 6366
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